Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara

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Warm up on a chilly fall day with this delicious Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara!

Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara ... a delicious and easy to make vegetarian casserole recipe that full of fresh vegetables! | Hello Little Home

It’s been a hot October here in Texas, but I’m hopeful the weather will cool off soon. I’ve had it with temps in the high 80s (if not worse)!

When it comes to fall food, I definitely crave comfort food … the heartier, the saucier, the cheesier, the better! I love anything that will warm me to my bones, and this Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara fits the bill perfectly.

Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara ... a delicious and easy to make vegetarian casserole recipe that full of fresh vegetables! | Hello Little HomeThis yummy recipe features homemade polenta (use store bought if you’re in a time pinch), layered with a vegetable filled sauce and lots of cheese.

I found all the fresh produce, as well as a jar of Prego Farmers’ Market® Classic Marinara, to make this delicious Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara at Walmart.

Prego Farmers' Market® Classic Marinara and fresh veggies from Walmart! | Hello Little HomeOne of my favorite tricks on busy nights is to add my favorite sauteed vegetables to a jar of pasta sauce. Prego Farmers’ Market® sauces have an irresistible taste that’s perfect for this!

These delicious pasta sauces are made with the kind of ingredients that you would find at your local farmers’ market, like vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic, and basil. Everything is picked at the peak and made the way you would with olive oil, black pepper, and oregano.

I love pairing Prego Farmers’ Market® with my favorite Italian dishes, like this Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara.

Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara ... a delicious and easy to make vegetarian casserole recipe that full of fresh vegetables! | Hello Little HomeThe sauce for this Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara is so simple to make. I started by sauteing colorful yellow peppers and hearty mushrooms. Then, I stirred in a jar of Prego Farmers’ Market® Classic Marinara. To finish the veggie-packed sauce, I stirred in spinach and fresh basil. Yum!

I love Prego Farmers’ Market® Classic Marinara all on its own—it’s so flavorful—but it’s also the perfect base for this sauce.

Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara ... a delicious and easy to make vegetarian casserole recipe that full of fresh vegetables! | Hello Little HomeYou could pair this delicious sauce with pasta, but I like serving it over polenta.

Have you ever made polenta? It’s so delicious (the perfect pasta alternative), and it’s simple to make. Basically, you combine broth and cornmeal, then cook it until it’s thick. Use a long handled spoon, since the polenta tends to bubble up, and make sure your heat isn’t too high.

I finished the polenta with a little butter and parmesan, then chilled it until firm. If you’re short on time, pop the polenta in the freezer instead of the refrigerator.

Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara ... a delicious and easy to make vegetarian casserole recipe that full of fresh vegetables! | Hello Little HomeOnce the polenta is chilled, you’ll cut it into pieces. Then it gets topped with your delicious veggie-filled sauce and a generous helping of mozzarella cheese. It only takes a few minutes to bake, and then it’s time to eat!

Your family will love this rustic Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara, and it’s perfect for guests, too. Make it tonight!

Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara

Yield: 6 servings

Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara

Ingredients

  • nonstick cooking spray
  • For Polenta:
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • For Sauce:
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 8 oz. brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 jar Prego Farmers' Market® Classic Marinara
  • 1 (6-oz.) bag spinach, roughly chopped
  • 4 large basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • For Assembly:
  • 1 cup mozzarella

Instructions

    Prepare polenta:
  1. Spray a 9 x 9-inch pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Bring broth to a boil in a large pot.
  3. Slowly whisk cornmeal into broth.
  4. Reduce heat to a low simmer, then cook (stirring frequently) until polenta begins to pull away from the bottom of the pot when you stir it (about 15 minutes).
  5. Remove polenta from heat, then stir in cheese, butter, salt, and pepper.
  6. Pour polenta into the 9 x 9-inch pan, smooth the top, then refrigerate until chilled (about 1 hour).
  7. Prepare sauce:
  8. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  9. Add peppers to oil and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned.
  10. Stir mushrooms into peppers and cook until browned, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Reduce heat to medium and stir in marinara sauce.
  12. Heat sauce until warmed, then add spinach and basil, and cook until wilted. Remove from heat.
  13. Assemble dish:
  14. Preheat oven to 425.
  15. Spray a 9 x 13-inch (or similar size casserole dish) with nonstick spray.
  16. Turn polenta out of pan onto a cutting board, then cut into 6 pieces.
  17. Place polenta in pan, overlapping if necessary. Top with sauce and then sprinkle with mozzarella.
  18. Bake until hot and cheese is browned in spots, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  19. Serve hot, topped with additional basil. Enjoy!
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Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara ... a delicious and easy to make vegetarian casserole recipe that full of fresh vegetables! | Hello Little HomeJust look at all that delicious sauce!

Pair this Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara with a salad for a delicious and easy to make meal that everyone will love.

Baked Polenta with Veggie Marinara ... a delicious and easy to make vegetarian casserole recipe that full of fresh vegetables! | Hello Little HomeMake sure to stop by Walmart to pick up Prego Farmers’ Market® sauces, plus get a coupon to save on your purchase. And watch this video to learn more!

Prego Farmers' Market® Classic Marinara and fresh veggies from Walmart! | Hello Little HomeWhat is your favorite fall dinner?

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